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Press Release of Conference Women for Peace – Dec 6th 2017

Women Development Foundation Pakistan held “Women Peace Conference” on 5th December 2017 at IBA. The conference was organized in honor of the women from deprived areas; Maripur, Baldia, Orangi, Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony, who have successfully completed their journey as peace ambassadors with WDFP. The program was started with recitation of verses from Holy Quran by Owais Alvi. The Founder and CEO of WDFP Sabiha Shah; welcomed the audience and shared the vision, mission and past performance of organization. “She emphasized on the strength of women that they have power to change the society”. Currently WDFP has strengthened role of women in peace building through a project of 8 month with support from Karachi Youth Initiative. Areeba Wajid, Project Manager WDFP presented a documentary to share the journey of Project “Women for Peace” in order to aware the society regarding struggles of women and their challenges. She emphasized that “it is important to support women because they are the building block of our society, if they make their home peaceful then we can have a peaceful society”. The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Aktar Baloch VC, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari. He appreciated the efforts of WDFP and addressed with audience that “WDFP is doing the work which is responsibility of state and its department. They are empowering the legal, cultural and economic status of women by increasing their knowledge about their rights”. There were four panel sessions of experts which took place in different rooms to discuss role of culture, media, and volunteerism for peace and to counter gender based violence. In these sessions the experts from social fields, Dr. Allama Ahsan, Nisha, Dr. Riaz Shaikh, Mahnaz Rehman, Mussarat Jabeen, Favad Soomro, Tahir Iqbal, Dr. Fouzia Khan, Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan, Dr. Tanveer, Nargis Rehman, Anis Danish, Jennifer Johnson and Tabish Mazher shared their experiences and gave a bundle of knowledge to the audience. Genevieve Hussain, Policy Officer of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations presented shields and certificates among panelists and women peace ambassadors. She appreciated the program and Team of WDFP for supporting women and giving them a platform for empowerment. The second phase of conference was to celebrate International Volunteers Day in which awards were distributed to the prominent volunteers of Sindh. This panel was moderated by Rizwan Jaffer in which Javed Jabbar, Dr. Suleman Shaikh and Sharmeen Hidayat Ullah discussed the role of volunteers in promotion of peace. The Chief Coordinator of International Volunteer Day Committee, Abdul Rahim Moosvi, Launched the Book, Who’s Who of Volunteers in Sindh and shared his views that “Volunteers work selflessly for the development of society; they are the backbone of any nation”. This conference has gained an “essential” status in city due to its interactive way to addresses the core issue of Countering Violent Extremism through empowerment of women. It was attended by more than 550 participants from different fields and areas of Karachi including women leaders from communities, Key stake holders, students from colleges and universities to learn more about peace from Peace ambassadors, civil society activists, media personalities, educationists, law practitioners and high profile government representatives. The program was beautifully hosted by PTV host Absar Ahmed. Abida Memon General Secretary of WDFP thanked all the guests and appreciated the wonderful efforts by the whole Team of WDFP for successful Conference management. The event was concluded with the celebration of Sindhi Culture Day in which the audience participated and enjoyed with the young performers on stage.